The earliest surviving Register Book, published in 1764, provided the template for all its successors. It contains details of 4,118 ships of which almost 2,000 were built outside the UK. By 2010, the Register of Ships had grown to approximately 100,000 ships in four volumes.
In the 1760s, surveys by the Society for the Registry of Shipping (later known as Lloyd's Register) were undertaken at 16 UK ports: London, Liverpool, Hull, Leith, Poole, Cowes, Topsham, Whitehaven, Exeter, Lynn (now King’s Lynn), Teignmouth, Weymouth, Yarmouth, Portsmouth, Star Cross and Southampton. Today the Lloyd's Register Group has an international network of employees across 245 global locations.
Details recorded in the earliest Register Book included the past and present names of the vessel, the name of the master, the number of crew, the names of the owners, the number of guns carried, when and where the ship was built and the classification given. The only surviving volume of the 1764 Register Book is on permanent loan to the British Library. It was specially photographed page-by-page for the 250th anniversary celebrations of Lloyd’s Register in 2010.
Sections of the Register Book for 1764-66 can now be downloaded* in PDF format from the table below. Vessels are listed in alphabetical order of ship name. This is the first time that pages from this original edition of the 1764 Register Book have been made available online by Lloyd’s Register. Images © Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, 2016.
*The copyright of all images of the 1764-6 edition and the enhanced database remains with Lloyd’s Register. Images © Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, 2016. The moral rights of the author have been asserted. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or used in any information storage retrieval system without prior permission being obtained in writing from Lloyd’s Register.